The 7 Tasks of Adolescence

Adolescence is not a monolith. Rather, it is a series of developmental stages where students grow out of childhood and emerge into adulthood. Adolescence is the critical time when students are introduced to and begin to learn the skills that will be the foundation of the rest of their lives.

The Sage School’s curriculum is designed to use the best knowledge and resources of our times- from our understandings of science and the social sciences- in order to help students explore their own journey from the edge of adolescence (6th grade) to the edge of adulthood (12th grade). The 7 curriculum tasks that follow form the foundation of students’ self-awareness, community responsibility, and sense of place.

  1. Understanding the Self

    Students begin their journey into adolescence by honing one of the very skills adolescence is known for: self-awareness. Students look at their construction of self through the creation of their autobiographies, family histories, and personal connections to American History. They begin to consciously situate themselves into the surrounding world.
  2. Understanding the Ancients

    Students continue their journey studying the Ancient World- from the foundations of our culture to historical understandings of STEM to cross-cultural studies of ways of looking at the world. This study further situates each student’s understanding of self into an even wider lens.
  3. Understanding Social Systems

    As students move into a more social phase of adolescence, their curriculum mirrors their own journey. Students look at their brain development as well as the history and psychology that define us as a species. Using the best science and social science research, they deconstruct our social interactions.
  4. Understanding Ecological Systems

    As students understand increasingly complex relationships, students turn their energies towards looking at our relationship with natural systems, from a local to a global perspective. Students move into utilizing systems thinking principles as their brains are developing the capacities to do increasingly complex reasoning.
  5. Understanding Modern Systems

    Students continue to explore systems thinking by looking at the modern world- from food production to energy consumption to resource use. Students understand and evaluate the many relationships and interactions it takes to create our modern society.
  6. Understanding the American System

    As students are getting closer to voting age and ready to assume responsibilities of citizenship, they turn their attention to the governmental system they reside in. Students spend this year focused on looking at systems surrounding being an American- from our understandings of justice to living in the west to the foundations of our government.
  7. Understanding the Global System

    Seniors are getting ready to face the world. We spend students’ final year examining current global issues, designing an independent curriculum, and culminating with an immersive field study in Ecuador to ‘put it all together’.